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Is it okay for my sister to breastfeed my child sometimes?

Is it okay for my sister to breastfeed my child sometimes?

No: While some babies are fed donor breast milk, the donors are screened for diseases that could be transmitted via breastmilk, such as CMV or hiv. Each mother's milk is perfectly tailored to her infant's needs, including the age of the baby. Breastfeeding is more than just milk production, bonding and emotional issues are involved. There's no right or wrong answer but consider all the implications. ...Read more

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Dr. Janice Alexander
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


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What happens if I don't breastfeed my child? Will a baby be okay with just formula?

What happens if I don't breastfeed my child? Will a baby be okay with just formula?

Should do fine: I've never had a breast baby be allergic to the mothers milk, which can be a problem with formula. However, today's formulas are balanced nutrition for a growing baby. These are much better than the bovine home made formulas of the 50's to 80's and will assure baby can grow. You miss some of the benefits of breast milk, but you must do what you need to do to get through parenting. ...Read more

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How long should I breastfeed my child?

How long should I breastfeed my child?

Breast feeding: That is a very personal decision, there's no real set time. Any amount of breast feeding is better than none. However, since children can start drinking whole milk, at a year of age, that's one time. Another is when the child can use a sippy, so they will never need a bottle. Some mom's nurse 2-3yrs, though. The benefits to mom, from breast feeding, are also found when nursing at least a year. ...Read more

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Is it possible to breastfeed an adopted child?

Is it possible to breastfeed an adopted child?

Yes: It is difficult but possible with continued stimulation of the breast. This can be done with a breast pump. ...Read more

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Can you breastfeed your second child even if you hadn't breastfeed the first child?

Can you breastfeed your second child even if you hadn't breastfeed the first child?

YES: Absolutely. Your body will make the milk with the birth of the baby. Get the baby to latch on as soon after birth as possible and try to nurse for every 2-3 hours. Use the lactation consultants at the hospital to help you out with latch, position, and answer your questions. Breastfeeding is always best if you can. It is worth a try. ...Read more

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What happens if a woman decides not to breastfeed her child? Will her baby still be well nourished?

What happens if a woman decides not to breastfeed her child?  Will her baby still be well nourished?

Nourished, yes: Human milk is the optimum specialty item, designed so specifically that your own milk is better for your child than any other. There are transiently alive components, immune factors that reduce risk of infection that can not be replicated in the lab. We are blessed to have dozens of nutritious alternatives to help baby grow when BF in not chosen.You must do what you must do, but baby will do okay ...Read more

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Should I still breastfeed my child that has gastroenteritis?

Should I still breastfeed my child that has gastroenteritis?

Yes: Breast milk is considered one of the best nutrition sources available during gastro, in spite of concerns about lactose malabsorbtion.It is available, accepted by baby& unlikely delivered in excessive quantity. It can be supplimented by other items;my favorites include apple sauce, banana & rice cereal. ...Read more

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Is it safe to breastfeed my child if he/she has colic?

Is it safe to breastfeed my child if he/she has colic?

Yes: By all means, breastfeeding will soothe your baby and there is nothing gentler for the infants digestive system than momĀ“s milk. Most babies have a certain amount of colic that usually subsides by itself by the time the baby is 12 weeks old. As with everything, watch your diet when you nurse. ...Read more

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